At Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF), Principal Tae Mauk, along with a cadre teachers, make it possible for students to take responsibility for their acquisition of knowledge and develop solutions for complex problems through Project Based Learning (PBL).
On Jan. 26, Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp firefighters walked onto the field at CSU-Sacramento to be recognized for their efforts fighting fires in 2018. The small ceremony was one part of the 45th annual Guns and Hoses Bowl, a charity football game between local firefighters and law enforcement officers. The youth firefighters also took part in a Kids Safety Fair.
The tech industry is on pace right now to add 1 million coding jobs by 2020, and California has more than 65,000 positions waiting to be filled immediately. These jobs come with high pay, good benefits and the opportunity to impact millions of people through software development. With the right training, these young men will be on track to build solid careers that will enable them to provide for their families, invest in their personal growth and communities, and build exciting futures. The difference between this coding school and one in the heart of Silicon Valley? These young men are incarcerated at OH Close Youth Correctional Facility (OH Close), and they’re going to learn how to code without internet access.
The head facilitator penned a piece describing a recent dog program graduation. “On Oct. 3, Valley State prison (VSP) held it second Youth Offender Program (YOP) obedience dog graduation. It was a tremendous success. Our program is committed to assisting in the overall development and basic obedience training of rescued dogs that come into our care. We believe that rescue dogs deserve to be treated kindly and ultimately adopted by a family who can love them unconditionally. We had two of our beloved dogs graduate with flying colors, ‘Toby’ who is a Chihuahua/Dauchsund mix, and ‘Hank’ who is a cocker spaniel.”
Arts have long played a major role in rehabilitation efforts of California’s offenders and music is no exception. A vinyl recording titled “Sacramento, City of Camellias” is one such example. Published in 1983 by Danmar Co., the record features the Mother Lode Band of the now-shuttered Preston School of Industry in Ione.
In celebration of the grape harvest, each year the City of Lodi hosts the annual Lodi Grape Festival. This September, the city celebrated its 81st year with the theme “I heard it through the Grapevine.” One of the many competitive exhibits taking place during the festival is the grape mural competition. The requirements for submission are that the mural must be made out of anything that was once living, like grapes, nuts, corn, dried beans, peas, etc. Both Johanna Boss and N.A. Chaderjian High Schools of the Northern California Youth Correctional Center in CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) entered the competition, as they do each year.